Best Mid-Range Phone
The phone that really shook the market this year was unquestionably the Poco F1. It brought the flagship Snapdragon 845 down to the mid-range - and took everyone - from consumers to competition by surprise.
Best Mid-Range Value Phone
Again, this has to be the Poco F1. The phone that you get, for the price you get it at - amazing. Period.
Best Mid-Range Camera Phone
Camera has not been Nokia's strong suit generally, but the 8.1 has been a pleasant surprise - easily one of the best camera phones in the mid-range - and not too far behind the best of flagships.
Best Mid-Range Battery Phone
This is getting a bit repetitive but the Poco F1 wins this one too, with a best in class 4000mAh battery, giving 2 days of battery life.
Best Mid-Range Performance Phone
Asus Zenfone 5Z
This one was complicated, with a damn close fight between the Zenfone 5Z and the Poco F1 - no wonder since both have the same Snapdragon 845 beast powering them - but in the end, the Zenfone 5Z wins by a whisker in benchmarks, so we are going to let it take the cake here.
Best Mid-Range Design Phone
Vivo V11 Pro
Ah, the Vivo V11 Pro. You beauty. The gradient color on the back adds the touch of flair, and plays with light in interesting ways - and then there is the 'tear-drop' notch - there are no two ways about it, the Vivo V11 pro is a striking-looking device.
Best Budget Phone
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
This one has been Asus' six out of the park, coming in right at the end of the year. To stand out in the hyper competitive budget segment in India takes some doing, and the Max Pro M2 does it with aplomb.
Best Budget Value Phone
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
It has to be the Max Pro M2 again, offering a combination of a stock Android experience, astounding battery life, good design, and decent cameras - if there is a phone that ticks all boxes, while not breaking your wallet, this is it.
Best Budget Camera Phone
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
The Redmi Note series has now been the camera champion for at least the past 2 generations - and the Note 6 Pro is no different. It's simply the best camera package in this price range.
Best Budget Battery Phone
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
And we are back to the Max Pro M2 again - there are many things good about this phone, but a lot of people will be buying this because of the incredible battery life - 2 days easy.
Best Budget Performance Phone
One of the areas where Realme has tried to disrupt the market is by providing great performing phones at great prices. The Realme U1 was launched with the new Helio P70, which is similar to (and even a little better than) the Snapdragon 660. At this price range, something like this would have been unimaginable just a year ago.
Best Budget Design Phone
Realme U1 is also our pick for being the best designed phone in the budget segment (and there were a lot of good options to choose from this year). It's gorgeous looking, with its light pillars that make it look stunning in different lighting conditions.
Best All-Round Value Brand
No one does value like Xiaomi, and that's why it's no wonder that it's the biggest smartphone brand in India right now. With Xiaomi, you know you are getting a reliable, and great bang for the buck experience, no matter what phone you choose.
Most Popular Premium Brand
On the premium side of things, it's OnePlus who has now taken the lead, leaving behind the likes of Samsung and Apple. The uncanny ability to offer a flagship phone at half the prices of competitors has of course helped, as has their focus on always providing a great, clean software experience.
Best Comeback Brand (Dark-horse)
Man, Asus has been hot this year. And they have taken everyone by surprise. The Max M1 Pro was amazing in the budget range (and has been followed by an even better Max M2 Pro), while the Zenfone 5Z has given some serious competition to the OnePlus 6/6T. Welcome back, Asus.
Most Disruptive Brand
While Xiaomi has ruled the budget smartphone space in India for sometime now, this year they had a pretty disruptive new contender to deal with - Realme. Realme came out with some pretty incredible phones and pretty incredible prices. Watch this space for more action.
Most Innovative Brand
With the world being used to most of the innovation coming from American brands, this year was the year of the Chinese resurgence. Oppo came out with some pretty amazing innovations - from in-display fingerprint sensors, true full screen displays, to some astounding fast charging technologies. If you are the kind of person who likes to stay on the cutting edge, watch Oppo closely.
Most Stylish Brand
We have had some really stylish phones this year - and therefore choosing a winner was not simple - but we went for Honor because they have probably been the most consistent in terms of always giving out some great looking designs - and at all price brackets. Very simply, when you are buying an Honor phone, you can be sure a lot of thought has been put into design.